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San Diego Chargers Snap Counts: Week 14 at Carolina Panthers

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Another loss and another week of snap counts. We break down playing time in the Week 14 loss to the Carolina Panthers

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It looks like the San Diego Chargers have put the pedal to the metal and are gunning it toward the tank. In another edition of the Chargers snap counts we will look at the Chargers snap counts and see what may have contributed to another Chargers loss.

Chargers’ Offense:

Pos. Name W13 Snaps % of Total W13 Snaps W14 Snaps % of Total W14 Snaps WoW % Change
QB Philip Rivers 55 100% 65 100% 0%
C Matt Slauson 55 100% 65 100% 0%
T King Dunlap 55 100% 65 100% 0%
T Joe Barksdale 55 100% 62 95% -5%
WR Dontrelle Inman 53 96% 61 94% -2%
WR Tyrell Wiliams 53 96% 61 94% -2%
G D.J. Fluker 52 95% 59 91% -4%
RB Kenneth Farrow 6 11% 55 85% 74%
G Orlando Franklin 55 100% 47 72% -28%
WR Travis Benjamin 43 78% 44 68% -10%
TE Antonio Gates 33 60% 37 57% -3%
TE Hunter Henry 24 44% 35 54% 10%
C Spencer Pulley 3 5% 24 37% 32%
TE Sean McGrath 6 11% 14 22% 11%
RB Melvin Gordon 49 89% 8 12% -77%
G Kenny Wiggins 1 2% 5 8% 6%
WR Jeremy Butler 2 4% 4 6% 2%
T Chris Hairston 0 0% 3 5% 5%
FB Derek Watt 5 9% 1 2% -7%

The Chargers offense has remained pretty consistent the last few weeks; however, this week we saw another injury, to another key player (surprise, surprise). Kenneth Farrow, the only other active RB yesterday, saw a 74% playtime increase. Melvin Gordon left the game early after he sustained a hip injury, which has been determined as “week-to-week” (good for the tank, I guess).

Farrow showed that he can finish the season strong and we will finally see what Ronnie Hillman can do in Whisenhunt’s offense. The receivers and tight ends remained pretty consistent (in terms of snaps played) this week compared to last week.

Orlando Franklin was already a close call before Sunday, but it looks like his injury caught up to him allowing Spencer Pulley to see a substantial amount of playing time.

We will see how the offense fairs against the Raiders on Sunday and how the skilled players playing time shapes up with the loss of MGIII and the addition of Ronnie Hillman.

Chargers’ Defense:

Pos. Name W13 Snaps % of Total W13 Snaps W14 Snaps % of Total W14 Snaps WoW % Change
FS Dwight Lowery 13 20% 69 100% 80%
CB Casey Hayward 64 98% 68 99% 1%
SS Jahleel Addae 65 100% 67 97% -3%
LB Melvin Ingram 57 88% 66 96% 8%
DT Corey Liuget 54 83% 61 88% 5%
CB Trevor Williams 37 57% 61 88% 31%
LB Denzel Perryman 60 92% 60 87% -5%
NT Damion Square 44 68% 56 81% 13%
LB Korey Toomer 62 95% 52 75% -20%
LB Kyle Emanuel 36 55% 42 61% 6%
DT Tenny Palepoi 18 28% 29 42% 14%
SS Adrian Phillips 56 86% 27 39% -47%
CB Trovon Reed 0 0% 24 35% 35%
DE Joey Bosa 49 75% 23 33% -42%
DE Darius Philon 12 18% 18 26% 8%
LB Jatavis Brown 0 0% 17 25% 25%
LB Chris Landrum 7 11% 13 19% 8%
CB Craig Mager 65 100% 6 9% -91%
NT Ryan Carrethers 10 15% 0 0% -15%
LB Tourek Williams 6 9% 0 0% -9%

Another week of the defense being on the field more than the offense; however, it was not a huge difference, the defense saw 4 more snaps than the offense (probably on account of the offense turning the ball over 5 times). The defense has been rotating guys in and out because of the amount of injuries suffered. It seems like every week that the Chargers have a defensive key player go out with an injury. This week Craig Mager suffered an elbow injury and the biggest loss for the defense was Joey Bosa leaving with a neck injury.

There were reports that Joey Bosa is also going through concussion protocol, which would crush the defense (good for the tank?).

However, it looks like Joey Bosa has cleared concussion protocol; however, we will have to wait and see if he suits up against the Raiders. At this point, why would they risk the biggest stud on defense aggravate a neck injury? If losing Bosa wasn’t enough, it looks like Tenny Palepoi has been suspended for four games for violation of the NFL’s substance policy.

We will see if the Chargers can continue their interception streak (welcome to the Chargers Trovon Reed) and what the defensive playing time percentage looks after the matchup against the Raiders. Chargers play the Raiders at home at 1:25 pm.